What are the benefits of cutting refined sugar? According to health.com, your skin, energy and belly fat can all improve. So, what’s the truth?
I have experienced surprising results after a month of giving up my love for added sweetness. Despite my diet already banning dairy produce, I’ve managed to hunt plenty of alternatives from Bourbon biscuits to vegan chocolate. At the end of this post, I have uploaded a video of me giving simple tips on how to live sugar-free.
My skin is a little disappointing. The first couple of weeks, I noticed major breakouts – spots that usually don’t appear. Towards the end of the month, they have improved but not drastically enough for me to say that cutting refined sugar is helping. My inflammation has gone down however and there is more of a glow. Sugar is linked to inflammation and that can trigger acne – perhaps in another month I will see greater improvement.
I’m not springing out of bed each morning at 6 – beyond excited for a run. With energy, I’ve noticed it more in my workouts. I’m back to doing HIIT cardio with Shaun T Insanity Max, and usually afterwards I’m absolutely exhausted. This time, I’m not taking mini breaks and I’m pushing all the movements like never before.
Equally, throughout the day I am getting more done. This shows on my itinerary.
Regardless of my size on the scales or my waist measurements, I struggle with keeping my stomach flat. Significantly, I experience bloating which I assumed was related to my addiction to bread. Cutting refined sugar has stopped me from bloating and I’m noticing faster progress with my exercise. New definition is showing and that’s helping me to continue with this change.
The best benefit yet. Without over sharing, my cramps practically vanished along with the trauma of a heavy “flow”. As sugar does cause inflammation, it can worsen PMS. This is the biggest shock – I couldn’t believe the difference.
I wish I could write that I’m concentrating better. To me, this depends on what I eat for the day. I need to eat a variety of nutrients for my head to feel clearer. Cutting refined sugar along with eating fruit and vegetables is key. I can’t just say sugar, because it’s also about what you put in as much as you what you avoid.
I had to think about this, but I am falling asleep quicker and waking up earlier. It’s easier for me to get out of bed and start my day. There’s no ‘slump’ now or craving for an afternoon nap.
Cutting refined sugar overall
It has taken a full month to recognise all the improvements. It’s not a quick fix to anything, and I’m sure that it will take another month to encounter additional benefits. It’s been slow adaptions. I’m going to continue keeping refined sugar to a minimum, as results are collectively transforming my life.
No amount of fruit could stop my desperation at wishing I could peel the wrapper of a chocolate bar. I faced severe migraines for nearly a week. My sweet-tooth was pleading me to give in – there were plenty of moments that made me want to give up.
Around 10 days, I finally lost my urges and it all became easier. There were breakouts and I stupidly popped my whiteheads which has blessed me with new scars. The spots stopped appearing around the 2-week mark.
Tips to cutting refined sugar
Sugar is everywhere. Frozen food, yoghurt, cans, some types of bread, and really anything processed. I haven’t cut all sugar yet as I’m a sugar monster. I routinely eat small quantities of choc shot, medjool dates and sometimes molasses in stir-fry’s and curries.
Here is a little video I made (first one) with tips. Just to mention now, some bread contains a small quantity of molasses instead of refined sugar. I don’t eat syrups (maple, agave etc) unless perhaps once a month, or coconut sugar.
And for an extra boost, greatist.com have published a long list detailing all the motives to give up added sugar.
Have you tried to cut down on sugar before? What’s your biggest struggle or strongest craving?
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